Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Bride of Christ

You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the LORD,
a royal diadem held by your God.
No more shall people call you “Forsaken, “
or your land “Desolate, “
but you shall be called “My Delight, “
and your land “Espoused.”
For the LORD delights in you
and makes your land his spouse.
As a young man marries a virgin,
your Builder shall marry you;
and as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride
so shall your God rejoice in you.
from Isaiah 62: 1-5

For too long I was desolate, devoid of feeling loved by God.

Last Sunday, that feeling changed. I awoke to the beautiful sight of frost on the trees, a winter fairy-land, like a wedding gift from God. Excitement filled my soul as I prepared for Mass. I was privileged to be scheduled to lector and to read these holy words from Isaiah at Mass. As I stood at the ambo and opened my mouth to speak, a thrill ran through every nerve of my body as if I were electrified, and I knew that it wasn't me speaking these words, but it was the Holy Spirit speaking them through me.

When Fr. Dennis preached his homily, he began by speaking of the predictability of weddings. He said "At every wedding, I can count on the same music, the same white dress on the bride, the same food at the reception, the same look in the eyes of the bride and groom as they focus on one another in deep, rapturous love. That is how God looks at you."

I nearly swooned during the consecration when Father raised the host. I felt God not only looking at me with love, but flooding my heart, my soul and my entire body with His love. I couldn't wait to receive His Body and Blood into my very own being and to carry Him with me throughout the day.

My Lord and My God, I will always love You. I will always be Your delight, Your espoused. Rejoice in me forever, as I will be rejoicing in You. Amen.

In the endless eternity
Before my body existed
My soul flourished
As a nun veiled
In a black habit
With only my face
Exposed to the world.

I am still
The Bride of Christ.
Our union is consummated
Each time I attend Holy Mass.
I consume Christ
Christ consumes me.


  1. As the beloved disciple wrote, "God is Love." We were created out of love, by Love, for Love: what more do we ever need to know?

  2. P.S. I was so enraptured by the beauty of your post that I forgot these words, so here they are now: thank you for this window into Heaven, dear kindred spirit, and may God continue to richly bless you.

  3. Thank you for posting this, Anne! I am so happy for you! There's no other feeling in the world like this, is there?

  4. You have rendered me speechless. O you of such tremendous faith! Faith in God, faith in us and such trust! Were I to have such faith and trust for one hour, one moment...

  5. This is so great! I don't think we can ever get tired of being told how much we are loves!

  6. I loved the end of that poem "I consume Christ, and Christ consumes me" Shivers! Awesome!

  7. Anne,
    This is beautiful beyond words. I agree with Colleen; the last part sums it all up for me.
    Thank you for this.

  8. Praise God for this beautiful posting! It leaves me speechless. God Bless You.

  9. That is SO beautiful!
    Thank you for sharing it Anne. And thank you for reminding us that God DELIGHTS in His creatures!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Anne, you are incredible! That was a stunning post! Gifted...yes you most certainly are my friend :) That was one of the best poems I have ever read!